If you know football, you know Deion Sanders. Primetime! Mr. “Must Be The Money.” Neon Deion. The Hall-of-Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t really needed an introduction since his meteoric rise in the NFL spotlight, but these days it’s his moves off the field that require conversation. The second season of his reality show, Deion’s Family Playbook premieres on OWN Network on Saturday, November 1st at 9p.m. EST. For those that aren’t familiar, the show features Deion in a light that many might not be familiar with—Deion as a family man raising 10 children. That’s not all however, as Deion also helps run a charter school in Dallas Texas, Prime Prep Academy for grades K-12, and a nonprofit organization, Prime Time Association (aka TRUTH), which teaches young adults through sports and education.


Jagged Edge's eight album, JE Heartbreak II finds the quartet reunited with producer Jermaine Dupri, label So So Def and their original management Mauldin Brand Agency. The theme here is all about bringing back true R&B, so the guys shy away from Rap features or features of any kind, as well as Hip-Hop infused beats. Slow jams are plentiful in this 12 song album and with Bryan Michael Cox assisting the Casey twins on songwriting and production, its very much reminiscent to the sound of early Jagged Edge albums.


Syleena Johnson is one of the bonafide soul singers of our generation and a true R&B Diva that has maintained a penchant for great music since the late 90s. Her musical diary in the form of her Chapter releases have been stacked with hit songs since the original Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness was released in 2001. Now with a new label, Blakbyrd Music, Syleena releases her sixth installment of the series, the true to life Chapter 6: Couple's Therapy. While she has grown in her years and through her experiences, the quality of music remains grand. An overall review just wouldn't do here, so we decided to deliver a track by track review of Syleena Johnson's Couple's Therapy.


Singer/Songwriter, Destiny ‘Adia’ Andrews was born in St Louis, Missouri but I’d say she hailed from Huntsville, Alabama. She calls herself a mutt when trying to describe exactly where she’s from, as she grew up all over. But “Huntsville is home” she insists. That’s where all her close relatives and her late grandmother – the most important piece to her puzzle—were from. Admittedly, She should probably come with a warning sign, one that reads “slow down, no assumptions just yet!” If you don’t know, Adia is a Gospel singer but not the average.


Following both the somewhat lackluster albums, No Mercy and Trouble Man, T.I. returns with Paperwork, a 15 track project that is essentially the second in a trilogy of albums from the Atlanta emcee - the first being Paper Trail, released in 2008. There are high moments and low points on Paperwork that ultimately allow for T.I. to showcase that he deserves to remain among some of the greats. Paperwork is intricate to the point where there is a sense that there were different personas at play in the studio. Pharrell executive produced the album, and that is a characteristic he has displayed in his previous trips in that role.


A ‘talented triple-threat that no one saw coming’ is the best way to describe new artist, Luke Christopher. With a collection of mixtapes floating around, Christopher has gained a fan base of followers calling themselves #TMRWGANG. He keeps them engaged by releasing a new song every Tuesday on his SoundCloud and #TMRWGANGTUESDAYS has already received over 2 million plays. His latest mixtape TMRW TMRW Pt. 2 can also be found on SoundCloud featuring contributions from Asher Roth, Baily, Shlohmo and Banks to name a few.

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You could listen to his music, say its different, and mean it. You wont have any apprehensions about that assessment. It’s something about how he marries singing to rapping in a way that makes you think the two were made for each other. The fact that he is from Texas, (Hearne and Calvert to be exact) makes the southern twinge on his eloquent voice that much more out of the “box” the game seems to have itself in today. “I Look Good,” a single off of his I’m Here mixtape has swung his name from streets of Texas to now around the world, preparing all of us for something truly unique. Chalie Boy, 30, isn’t just a rapper, or a singer, but he is definitely a star on the rise. Take a look through Parle's telescope...

Parlé: I know you repping Texas, what part are you from?
Chalie Boy: Hearne and Calvert, Texas. Its in the center of Texas, 3 hrs. From Houston, 3 from San Antonio, and 2 from Austin.

Parlé: What was your upbringing like?
Chalie Boy: Regular normal upbringing. I grew up in a rural area. I'm not from the city, but I grew up listening to all types of music and sang in a choir. My moms, helped me from the beginning, and told me a lot of things. She told me to stick to myself and be humble. She taught me about having understanding. With some of those lessons I learned in the industry everything isn't always what its seems.

Parlé: Did you always want to be in music, or did you have other aspirations?
Chalie Boy: I was too short to play ball, 5'5". I was into football, always had the ideas of what I wanted to do in life. I thought I'd have a chance to do something in music, it was a dream but it wasn't a hundred percent. I knew I could sing, but didn't force it.

Parlé: Who were some of your influences?
Chalie Boy: B.B. King, Bun B, T.I., Busta, Gerald Levert, Bebe and Cece Winans. My inspiration comes from all types of music, they like that churchy sound. That's why people say its so soulful when they hear my music. I could rap about being fly, gangsta, living good, living it up. In the music of entertainment, I speak on what I see and it comes out how I feel it.

Parlé: How did your parents take it when you told them you were doing music?
Chalie Boy: They were all for it. My moms didn't understand being a rapper, but she gave me the positive and negatives for it. My father just told me to be the best at whatever.

Parlé: So how did you get into recording music?
Chalie Boy: You know how people might be joking with their friends at high school, doing lame freestylin' in the house. I seriously tried to put the music down when I met DJ Bull, CEO of Dirty 3rd Records in 2000. He asked me if I wanted to jump on a mixtape, and I gave it a go. Then he asked if I wanted to get on more freestyles.

Parlé: How many mixtapes would you say you've done so far, in your 10 years in the game?
Chalie Boy: Probably around 500 mixtapes, within Dirty 3rd records and features altogether, 500.

Parlé: Really?
Chalie Boy: Yeah.

Parlé: As far as rapping goes, was it what you expected when you got your first taste of it?
Chalie Boy: Wasn't what I expected 'cause I was rapping. I was literally a rookie when it came to rapping. I aint know how people would gravitate to it. People would listen to it and wanted to hear my verses. The fiirst year, I aint even tell 'em that it was me...if they aint like something on it, then I'd try to work on it. But regardless of what you can't just whoop everyone ass. You deal with getting talked about; everyone aint gonna like it.

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